Unwanted prescription drug take back in Rock Island


ROCK ISLAND, Ill.- The Rock Island Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration(DEA) will be taking back unwanted prescriptions on Saturday, October 22nd.  Bring expired, unused, or unwanted prescriptions to the Rock Island County Justice Center from 10 AM to 2 PM. The center is located at 1317 3rd Ave. in Rock Island.

The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps.  Pills and patches will be accepted. The service is free and anonymous, no questions will be asked.

This is the 12th event held by the Rock Island Sheriff’s Office in the last 6 years to prevent pill abuse and theft of potentially dangerous drugs.

According to the sheriff’s office, this past April americans turned in 447 tons of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA.  Overall in the previous 11 take back events 6.4 million pound or 3.200 tons of pills were turned in.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Take Back Day event on October 22 go to the DEA Office of Diversion Control website.

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